'The Handmaid's Tale' Author to Skip the Golden Globes, Citing Health Concerns

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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has cancelled her planned attendance at the ceremony due to "family and health reasons."

Though Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale is nominated for three Golden Globe awards this year, the original creative force behind the story won't be there to see the series either take home prizes or walk away empty-handed.

On Friday, Atwood sent a letter to the media explaining that for "family and health reasons," she will be unable to attend the Globes ceremony on Sunday at the Beverly Hilton and the ICM Partners party on Saturday.

"I had to cancel, as my family was protesting and I could not manage to drag myself onto a plane, depleted as I am after this autumn's non-stop activities," the author wrote. "I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but I hope you understand that this is getting somewhat too strenuous for a person of my increasingly advanced age."  

Atwood added that Handmaid's Tale showrunner Bruce Miller and the show's cast will still attend, and that she will still watch the NBC-broadcasted ceremony and will be "cheering our team on."

Atwood had a busy 2017 between speaking engagements and interviews for the year's television adaptations of her works, which also included Netflix's Alias Grace.

Read the full letter below.

Dear Handmaid's Tale Fans In the Media,

I very much appreciate your interest and ongoing support of The Handmaid’s Tale. Alas, for family and health reasons I cannot attend the Golden Globe Awards and the ICM party this time. I had to cancel, as my family was protesting and I could not manage to drag myself onto a plane, depleted as I am after this autumn's non-stop activities. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but I hope you understand that this is getting somewhat too strenuous for a person of my increasingly advanced age.  

You all are in good hands with Bruce Miller and many of our amazing cast who will be attending the party. I will be thinking about you all on Saturday night and watching and cheering our team on as the Golden Globes roll forth on Sunday in all their splendor! 

Come visit us on the set. When you’re there, perhaps we can sit down together!

Have a wonderful time!

With all best wishes,

Margaret

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